State FCCLA Peer Education Conference
February 27, 2023
By Mary Lou Vossler
Kearney, NE - The Exeter-Milligan FCCLA Chapter joined over 370 other Nebraska FCCLA members and advisers at the State Peer Education Conference held in Kearney, NE on February 27, 2023. The theme of the meeting was “Channeling Your Inner Leader.” The State Peer Officer Team encouraged chapters to focus their leadership efforts at a local level through their Community Outreach Project.
The keynote speaker at the conference was Monica Huber, a training specialist. Her presentation was titled “How Do I Prepare to Show Up for My…self… school..work…family…friends…life and everything in between?” She shared a message about being prepared for everything in life, with leadership and schoolwork examples. Her message of "S.U.P"- Show Up Prepared was a theme carried throughout her presentation.
Additionally, three breakout sessions represented the three FCCLA National Programs the State Peer Officer Teams are promoting this year: Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS), Career Connection, and Stand Up. The FACTS session was presented by members of the Community Leader Team and featured the Nebraska State Patrol. Trooper Shriver and Trooper Kroeger provided a rollover demonstration for members and advisers. The Career Leader Team hosted a Career Panel with Dr. Carol Erwin (post-secondary teacher educator), Hannah Kizer (interior designer), Kris Walahoski (registered dietician), and Tyler Clay (Buckle recruiter). Each of their careers represented a different section of the FCS Career Pathway. These representatives answered questions from members about their own careers and how they got to where they are today. The Family Leader Team partnered with Jackie Freeman presenting “A Healthy Outside Starts from the Inside.” Jackie shared her story as a past FCCLA member and also kept her life balanced with being a mom, running coach, and school nurse. Her main point included how to balance physical health with mental health to keep our “insides” as healthy as our “outsides.” She expressed that all members have a special place in this life and that we will achieve great things now and in the future.
Exeter-Milligan FCCLA members and sponsors attending the State Peer Education Conference were:
back row L-R: Kiley Oldehoeft, Savana Krupicka, Lily Jeffries, Joni Vossler, Troy Kallhoff, and FCCLA Adviser- Mrs. Mary Lou Vossler
Front row L-R: Kierra Papik, Taylor Pribyl, and Emma Meyer